National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and it’s also Orange Shirt Day. At SPES we are reflecting on how to participate in a meaningful way and we invite you to join us in contemplating the actions we can take to best recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour survivors, families and communities. 

Here are some examples of actions that our staff plan to take on Sept. 30th, 2021. We invite you to join the conversation on our Facebook or Instagram page to share other examples or reflections in the comments section. Learn about the origin of this day: visit   

  • Participate in by donating the equivalent of a day’s wages if you have this day off, or an amount of your choice, to Indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations.  
  • Learn from Indigenous voices about their experiences by attending Nahanee Creative’s new mini-course series or reading books by Indigenous authors. Proceeds from books sales at Indigenous-owned Iron Dog Books on Sept.30th will be donated to the IRSSS (Indian Residential School Survivors Society).

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